WELCOME TO GUINEA PIG FARM
RESCUE FOR UNLOVED GUINEA PIGS
HOBBY BREEDER OF PEDIGREE LUNKARYAS, CORONETS, PERUVIANS, TEDDIES, SWISSES
This is probably how anyone would imagine a Guinea Pig also commonly called Cavy (from latin name Cavia Porcellus). They come in many colours, and colour combinations and each one is as beautiful and unique as the other. Some have long hair like Alpaca, Peruvian, Lunkarya, Coronet, Sheltie, Merino, Texels other have rosettes all over (Abysinian) or just on their heads (Crested) but most of them are just Pet Guinea Pigs we love. Not any specific breed but a little, very funny, cuddly furry pet friend with a smiley mouth.
I can't put a finger as to why I am so fascinated with Guinea Pigs. My first pet was a little tri-coloured female Guinea Pig called Milenka. Then I've had few other Piggies, even some Piglets when I was a young teenager. In my twenties I was focused mostly on myself, then on having my own babies and 4 kids later I suddenly decided the Piggies have to come back into my life. It happened on a scale I have never imagined or predicted. Now I don't see myself ever giving them up again even after getting a shock of my life (on 13th of October 2009, 22 weeks pregnant with my daughter Matilda) when a routine blood test in pregnancy send me on a rollercoaster of dealing with cancer diagnosis (CML to be precise) I have not got rid of my 12 Guinea Pigs I've had by then. They are an essential part of my life now. I can't even say how much joyful it is observing them each day. I simply love those little rodents to bits. Every one of them. I have my favourites among my herd but in the end every single Piggie is precious. Maybe I like them because they are sooooooooo noisy? One can't have a Guinea Pig and not notice it. They make themselves known all the time. All I can say: lovely animals, adorable creatures, amazing creations of nature. The World would be a much lesser place without them.
ABOUT GUINEA PIG FARM
Well, I wish I had a farm, instead, GUINEA PIG FARM The Home of Happy Cavies is just an average size garden in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK. I have constantly changing number of Guineas, sometimes due to new Babies being born, new arrivals from other breeders or pet shops and also some rescued Piggies joining us. I always have few spaces available for unwanted Piggies so if you know of any Pigs that need to be rescued in and around Shropshire drop us an e-mail or drop in and leave him/her/them with us.
Quite a few of my Pigs are crossbred. I especially enjoyed breeding the Pet Guinea Pigs as one never knows what kind of a Piglet will pop out! To see all of the babies born on Guinea Pig Fam in 2010 go to NURSERY 2010. Having said that I put a compete stop to pet breeding as there are way to many Guinea Pigs ending up in rescue centres. Most of the babies born in 2010 are staying with us and there is no need to have more Pet Piglets on purpose. If you find yourself owning a pregnant sow and unable to deal with this situation I will happily accept an expecting sow and deal with finding a new home for the babies and the mother.
I'm more than happy to rescue Guinea Pigs in whatever state of health. Sometimes it will be a Pig saved from being a ferret's food, other time just another no longer wanted one or Pigs looking for a new owner because the previous one can't take care of them any more. I'm not going to ask why they are given away, that's not my business. Some of the rescued Pigs will be paired up with another Guinea Pig of the same sex and rehomed, some of them will remain with us for the rest of their lives if they are not suitable to be rehomed due to health issues for example or if they are too old.
Apart from crossbred Piggies I also have pedigree Guinea Pigs, among them Lunkaryas, Coronets, Peruvians, Teddies, Swisses and Self Whites with ruby eyes. To see all of our Guinea Pigs go to OUR WONDERFUL GUINEA PIGS page. The page is constantly being updated with new arrivals, pictures and information about the Pigs.Time permitting I will have all of my Pigs featured there.
All our Cavies are well taken care of, looked after according to their specific needs. Any Pig requiring individual care will be brought home to get extra attention in order for them to get better. Regardless the costs, any Pig will be taken to the vet when it's necessary. All of the Piggies, pedigree or not, are primarily our Little Pets and are treated as such getting a lot of attention from the whole family. We collect fresh grass for our Cavies on daily basis when it's available. They also get to run about the garden grazing in play pens when the weather allows. They also receive regular baths in anti parasite shampoo and the longhaired Cavies are brushed out whenever it's necessary.
Obviously Boars and Sows are kept separately in order to control breeding and not allow accidental pairing to occur. Sows live in one shed, boars in another. Most of the sows live in a 4'x6 shed freeranging on the floor as I found this the best way to keep them all happy. I change their bedding of wood shavings, hay and straw every 2 to 3 weeks. In winter they get extra thick layer of bedding to keep the cold away. Most of the boars are housed in cages arranged on shelves inside an 8'x6' shed. They are coupled up in well bonded pairs sometimes in threes. Once my boars are well bonded they will not be split or put with other boars as this change may cause unnecessary fights that could lead to serious injuries or even death of one of the boars. Sometimes I do need to rearrange and split the boys if they start fighting but that is rare and most of the time, once they are bonded, they live together happily ever after. I change their bedding at least once a week to keep them clean and happy. My son's Guinea Pigs live in a spacious cage in his bedroom and all of my Lunkarya Sows are housed in another huge cage at home. Any pregnant, nursing Pig or ill one will always be housed in a cage at home to receive maximum attention she or he needs. I found Lunkas quite prone to colds therefore they all are living indoors all year round.
I feed my Pigs a lot of hay, dry food specifically formulated for Guinea Pigs (pellets or musli), fresh fruit and vegetables all year round. I grow wheat grass for them in winter to keep them happy and healthy. Starting from April they get as much freshly picked grass as they want and there is no better food for them and I believe that anyone who owns a Guinea Pig should be ready to pick fresh grass for them on daily basis. It's like, if you own a Dog you need to walk that Dog every day, rain or shine, and if you have Guinea Pigs, you should calculate grass picking into your daily routine from April till approximately end of September sometimes even longer. With only few Guinea Pigs that doesn't take even 5 minutes and a small bag will be enough, with a large number of them 3 to 4 shopping bags need to be filled each day but it's all worth it. A Guinea Pig eating fresh grass is the happiest animal on the Planet! Probably as much as a Dog chewing on a fresh bone.
Every now and then I will allow my Pedigree Cavies have babies in order to improve my lines and achieve a showable individual. Showing Guinea Pigs is a recent hobby I discovered to enjoy very much after we showed my son's Pet Piggies for the first time in October 2010 at Birmingham Cavy Club Show. The pictures from any shows we attend and show results for our Pigs can be seen on our SHOW RESULTS page.
When I decide to breed my Pigs I will make sure a heavily pregnant sow will be removed from the boar she's been with before giving birth to their Piglets. That is to ensure they don't get pregnant just after giving birth as Guinea Pigs are known to fall pregnant right after having babies. That puts a sow, her newborns and her unborn babies at risk of loosing their lives.
I'm proud to say that all of my Guinea Pigs are happy little Cavies, loved and cared for with all our hearts. Visits are always welcome when arranged in advance but in emergency I will accept any Guinea Pig that needs to be rescued.
I WILL NOT HAVE PIGGIES AVAILABLE AROUND CHRISTAMS OR EASTER HOLIDAYS FOR ANYONE. GUINEA PIGS ARE NOT VERY DEMANDING ANIMALS BUT THEY STILL NEED TO BE TAKEN CARE OF FOR THE DURATION OF THEIR LIVES, THAT IS AT LEAST 5 YEARS, COULD EVEN BE 8 OR MORE SO IT'S NOT JUST A CHRISTMAS, EASTER OR BIRTHDAY PRESENT, IT'S A LONG TERM COMMITMENT
Look at NURSERY 2010 to see Piglets born on Guinea Pig Farm this year, some of them may be available to Loving Homes and Responsible Breeders only
Contact Guinea Pig Farm via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Guinea Pig Farm is mainly a self funded Rescue Centre for unwanted, homeless, unloved and abandoned Guinea Pigs. Sows are more likely to be accepted than boars unless they are neutered. Boars will be taken if there is a space available or if they come with their own cage. Donations of hay, straw, bedding, cages, dry food will always be warmly welcomed. Some of the rescued Guinea Pigs will be available for rehoming to PERMANENT LOVING HOMES ONLY. They will be advertised on AVAILABLE PIGGIES Page.
I also have pedigree Cavies: Peruvians, Coronets and Lunkaryas. Every now and then we may have some babies and youngsters available when breeding is scheduled in order to improve lines and achieve showable individuals. Any Piglets excluded from breeding programme will become available to be rehomed with LOVING PET HOMES or RESPONSIBLE BREEDERS only.
When available each pair of well bonded Guinea Pigs of the same sex for pet homes or breeding pairs for breeders will be available to a LOVING HOME OR A RESPONSIBLE BREEDER
More pictures of some of our Guinea Pigs